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Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church Founder, Near Death

Fred_Phelps_10-29-2002Fred Phelps, founder of the virulently antigay Westboro Baptist Church, notorious for its “God Hates Fags” protests at numerous funerals and concerts, is “near the edge of death” in a Topeka, Kansas hospice, according to a Facebook message posted by his son Nathan Phelps.

Nathan, who split from the church in 1976 and eventually became an LGBT and child abuse advocate in Canada, also reveals that his 84-year-old father was ex-communicated from Westboro last August, but doesn’t reveal the reason.

Phelps writes:

I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the “church” back in August of 2013. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made.

I feel sad for all the hurt he’s caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved. And I’m bitterly angry that my family is blocking the family members who left from seeing him, and saying their good-byes.

The Topeka Capital-Journal confirmed the news through Mark Phelps, another son estranged from WBC. Additionally, a spokesman for Westboro Baptist Church confirmed Sunday that Phelps Sr. is a patient in the Midland Care Hospice in Topeka.

The actions of Westboro under the leadership of Phelps Sr. led to federal and state laws restricting protests during military funerals. Last week, U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr.ruled to uphold a Missouri law which requires protesters to stay at least a the length of a football field away from funeral sites, starting an hour before the service until an hour after it ends.


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    • fredbear

      Of course we WILL picket HIS funeral, and my partner, Mike had a great idea. We should all carry marshmallows and throw them at the hearse for him to use when he gets to hell.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 11:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteveDenver

      What a shame that he’s dying alone.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 11:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tommysole

      Like anyone is really going to miss this asshole?

      Mar 16, 2014 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      It is so karmic that this man who spent his life selling hatred was…in his final days kicked out of the church he founded and is dying alone in a hospice.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 11:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mdterp01


      I understand the need to want to do that since he organized the protests at the funerals of others, but why even waste your energy on such scum? His funeral should have as little attention as possible. I know it would be the ultimate “turnabout is fair play” but this bastard should just die and it be a blip. No one’s funeral in my opinion, not even his, should be desecrated, and I think it would make a larger statement that no one stoops to his lowly level by picketing his funeral.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 11:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • enfilmigult

      @fredbear: Yeah, I’m with Mdterp01. Last thing I’d want to do is confirm the WBC’s fantasies that the rest of the world genuinely gives a crap about them. Plus it would kind of invalidate the whole point of picketing funerals being awful, awful thing to do, which it is, no matter whose. The rainbow house across from their HQ is a much better form of revenge methinks.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 11:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tardis

      What a complicated and sad situation these family members face. I feel sorry for him. Death is never easy. I wish Nathan the best.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • redcarpet

      His own church kicked him out?! WTF happened?

      His Daughter has shown she’ll keep the wheels turning. We haven’t seen the last of them. Although this plus those two grandkids that jumped ship are sure making them look like they are crumbling from within.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1

      @tardis: I sure don’t. This monster was abusive to his family and like his son said brought allot of pain on many others and did it with glee.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dougmc92

      why waste the energy- because his disciples are still protesting at other people’s funerals- it’s important they know what that feels like- might be only way to get them to understand- although, I wouldn’t be at all suprised if it doesn’t impact them at all!

      Mar 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1

      @IvanPH: Ha. That was cute what you did there and yes I agree:)

      Mar 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      Why stoop to his level?

      While there is life, there is hope for a change of heart.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      News flash from Heaven! The entire band of over 2 billion Angels and Archangels were heard to say, at the news of Phreddy’s imminent arrival…
      Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, SHIT!!!…. and they immediately resigned their positions!

      Mar 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Rider

      Fred Phelps inspired me to create a number of websites in the genre “God Hates…”

      Using the same source documents as Fred, I discovered that
      God Hates Barbers
      God Hates Brats
      God Hates Crustaceans
      God Hates Equal Rights
      God Hates Mixed Fibers
      God Hates Pork
      God Hates Vaginas

      These all still exist as .com domains.

      I also said I would visit his grave after drinking large amounts of liquids, but witrh the drought here in California it’s better to recycle my urine locally.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sfbeast

      Good bye. Hurry up and die.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain proton

      De mortuis nil nisi bonum

      Mar 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sailor374

      What I want to know is, why was he excommunicated? Seems like that fact would be as big a story as his dying? Seriously does anyone know any of that part of the story? I havent found any explanations on any news stories about this. He had to have done something for those nutcases to cast him out.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Rider


      In a perfect Universe he would have been discovered in bed with another man.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • glitterbang

      This is a day I’ve long been awaiting. A gay friend once said to me that he doubted God could exist simply because Fred Phelps was alive so long when wonderful people all around us were dying of disease and senseless murder. He said this at the time of the Newtown elementary school shooting. And there’ve been many days when I’ve woken up and my mind asks, “Hmm…..I wonder if today is the day Fred Phelps will die.” Not because I’M a hateful man, but because HE is. History has shown that cults formed around a sole figure tend to disintegrate after that person’s death and certainly although their hate will live on, Westboro will lose their newsworthy edge after he’s gone.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC

      We needn’t give these people any more attention or energy than they deserve. Ignore them and they will all eventually go away or die off. Remember: Westboro can only affect our lives to the extent we let them. I say everyone let the man be buried in peace, have a quiet get together with a few close friends, drink lots of wine, possibly engage in some sodomy and then forget they even existed.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew

      @sailor374: I bet his brood had to excommunicate Fred when he finally came out to them as a bisexual.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greg

      How does one get ex-communicated from his own church?

      Mar 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      @Steve Rider: in a perfect universe, he and his wouldn’t be like they are in the first place.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      @sailor374: I live in the vicinity of Topeka, KS and honestly, NO ONE was aware of this at all until yesterday. It was known that we hadn’t heard from ol’ Phreddy for months and he rarely attended any rallies that his relatives staged. So, I suppose this would have been a sign, but for those of us who wanted nothing to do with this clan, it was also news. Maybe the old goat finally abused the family enough to where they said, BASTA! (Enough!).

      Mar 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jkb

      …hmmm,will we find out where he is going to be buried? I’d love to go fuck a few random tricks on top of his grave.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sprocket

      The only thing this man gets from me is pity. I hope the other family members in the church (not the good ones who left) see this as an example of the path they’re on.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BigWoody

      I hypothesize that when the church found out Fred was dying, they strategically ex-communicated him so the church would not be held responsible for paying his enormous medical bills.

      Those who believe “ol’ Phreddy” will be allowed through the pearly gates of a mythological heaven have genetically inferior brains and are being left behind by evolution.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Rider

      Of course you are correct

      Mar 16, 2014 at 7:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • damendo

      Surely Freddie is going to Hell. Of course his Hell is living in eternity with Rupauls Drag Queens sponge bathing him every day, having episodes of QAF playing 24 hours a day in his head, and leading Hells version of the Folsom St. Fair as Grand Marshal Leather Daddy! Enjoy your eternity Fred.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • thenameismatt


      Mar 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Goforit

      As I do not adhere to the concept of an afterlife as professed by many of our modern religions. Bur rather hope that we are punished or rewarded for our actions during our lifetime. I sincerely hope that he dies a slow, painful, lonely death deserving of a hateful, fame hungry whore that he is. No offence meant to those in the escort business.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 12:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HirsuteOne

      Go to the light. Definitely go to the light.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 12:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotshot70

      He will go to the light. A bright, red one with a lot of heat and a very “horn”-y host! Gay communities ought to protest his funeral. He had his group around many funerals of gay and gay allies. Tit for tat. I know it is not good to be so callous about him, but after the hate he generated, kharma is coming back on him and his group of nut jobs.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 2:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David6

      The world will be a far better place when this evil hate filled man has passed away.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 2:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Allen D.

      Saw this article posted on another website’s thread and haven’t been able to put it down. It quotes Nate and Mark quite a bit —


      The guy is sicker and more twisted that I would have even guessed. Good Lord! Screw the high road, I’ll be celebrating when that dick finally croaks.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 3:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • D P

      @Steve Rider said: “In a perfect Universe he would have been discovered in bed with another man.”

      Sorry, Steve. That is not a perfect universe. Consider the man Phelps was in bed with. Ugh. Poor guy. Imagine of all the billions of men in the world, you were the one in bed with Fred Phelps, and you got caught! Ugh.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 4:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      I wonder how he is explaining the erections he gets every time his male nurse gives him a sponge bath.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 7:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      Oh and lastly,

      Perhaps we should thank him. He put such an ugly face on bigotry that even the folks over at FOX had to dance around and condemn this church.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 7:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mikey

      I think the best form of protest would be to do nothing. 1) It’d show that we’re the better people, and 2) it would show goodness that people in his cult think we lack.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 8:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      @Mikey: I think you have the best solution to the ultimate passing of this scoundrel. Kudos to those who have also posted positive reactions to Phelp’s imminent demise.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 9:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HirsuteOne

      “Reports” are beginning to surface of a “I’m gay” pre-death confession.


      Mar 17, 2014 at 9:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greg

      @Cam: There’s a slight difference – in degree of hate – from the anti-gay hatred of his church to the anti-gay hatred of other so-called “Christian” organizations and leaders such as Tony Perkins and Bryan Fischer (and for that matter the RCC). They are all detestable and showcase the underlying evil of their stance. Focus on the Family is at its core built on the same hatred as Westboro.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 10:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew

      @HirsuteOne: Having a homosexual experience doesn’t make a person gay anymore than having a heterosexual experience makes a person straight.

      Lauren Drain is clearly still brainwashed to a significant degree by Fred Phelps’ psychotic idiocy, as well as being influenced by the monosexist stupidity of American society as a whole.

      That said, do I think Fred Phelps is queer? Yes. Obviously he’s queer.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 11:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Horse Lips

      If anyone deserves a long, slow, painful death it’s this guy.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 11:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HirsuteOne


      Thank you for your most astute opinion.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vatican Lokey

      I don’t believe it behooves any of us to do anything at all once Mr. Phelps dies. Not because he and his “church” are rapidly becoming irrelevant, or even as a response to the wretched actions he and his lamentable family have perpetrated against others over the years.
      We do nothing because we are nothing like him or any of his followers. We do nothing because nothing in our lives or values approaches the level of hatred and misogyny with which he lived. We do nothing because there is nothing to be done but wait and let it happen. And when he is gone we move forward and close the book on all of it. I am reminded of the last stanza of Sir Walter Scott’s poem “Breathes There a Man”:

      Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
      The wretch, concentred all in self,
      Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
      And, doubly dying, shall go down
      To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
      Unwept, unhonor’d, and unsung.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      @Greg: said…

      “@Cam: There’s a slight difference – in degree of hate – from the anti-gay hatred of his church to the anti-gay hatred of other so-called “Christian” organizations and leaders such as Tony Perkins and Bryan Fischer (and for that matter the RCC). They are all detestable and showcase the underlying evil of their stance. Focus on the Family is at its core built on the same hatred as Westboro

      Hi Greg, I dissagree. Somebody saying “I hate you, and I want to take your rights away” isn’t any different then somebody smiling and saying “Oh, I don’t hate you, but I want to take your rights away”.

      The phony smiliing bigots couldn’t get away with it as much because Phelps showed the world their true face.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 12:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kthcst

      I say…..THIS COULD NOT have happened to a better person…..burn in hell bitch

      Mar 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      @Vatican Lokey: WOW!! Well quoted, well thought, well said. Thank you!

      Mar 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Texan78730

      Isn’t it great to read some uplifting news occasionally?

      Mar 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mdterp01

      Welp……he dead!

      Mar 20, 2014 at 11:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vatican Lokey

      @Dakotahgeo: Thank you, you’re very kind.

      Mar 21, 2014 at 8:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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